Article by Jenni Dunning, Simcoe.com
Tim Burdick received a shock yesterday when he arrived at Sunrise Medicinal in downtown Barrie to find police had raided the marijuana dispensary and arrested employees.
He had driven from his Oro-Medonte home to get medical marijuana to help him deal with the nausea and lack of appetite due to cancer treatments.
“It sucks. It’s the only reason I came down,” he said. “I’ll have to go to the black market. I’m not driving to Toronto, and who (there) has any left?”
Months after Toronto Police raided dozens of illegal marijuana dispensaries in May, Barrie Police cracked down on two storefront dispensaries here Tuesday.
Responding to community complaints, the Street Crime Unit raided Sunrise Medicinal on Dunlop Street East and Med West on Dunlop Street West at 11 a.m.
People were arrested at both locations, with charges against four announced yesterday.
Burdick said he would rather the dispensaries be made legal so people who legitimately need medical marijuana can access it, noting the staff and owner at Sunrise Medicinal appeared professional and knowledgeable.